Toyota Joins NETS Board of Directors

VIENNA, VA  –The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is pleased to announce Toyota Motor North America has joined the organization’s Board of Directors.

Toyota’s continuous improvement philosophy drives its investment of $1.0M per hour on research and development for advancements in all areas of engineering and safety. Toyota and its subsidiaries globally produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. In North America alone, Toyota annually produces nearly 2 million vehicles and continues to be an industry leader in its commitment to building safe vehicles.

“With 10 manufacturing facilities, over 1200 dealerships and 137,000 Toyota and dealership personnel working across the U.S., Toyota looks forward to collaborating with NETS to help further that commitment to safety for its customers and society as a whole,” said Dave Depew, General Manager of Fleet Sales at Toyota Motor North America.

“The Board of Directors welcomes Toyota, in particular their Board representatives Tom DeLuise and Dave Depew, to NETS,” said Brian Sambirsky, NETS Board Chair and GM Land Logistics Safety, Shell. “Toyota is a global brand that is passionate about improving road safety for drivers and other road users. Collectively, the NETS Board of Directors could not be more pleased, and we look forward to collaborating with Tom and Dave as we work to reduce risk and save lives.”

NETS’ Board of Directors members are comprised of public and private sector leaders with a commitment to road safety. They are senior level leaders who promote NETS’ mission and represent businesses and organizations that have created a proactive safety culture by promoting traffic safety policies and awareness activities in their workplaces.

Established in 1989, NETS board of director companies are recognized in the U.S. and around the world for advancing road safety. Toyota joins current board members Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, The Coca-Cola Company, Chubb, Consolidated Edison, Hess Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, Shell International Petroleum Company and UPS. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) serve as federal liaisons to the board of directors.

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on and off-the-job.

NETS is a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, which provides guidance to the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 global initiative. For more information on NETS, visit